Natural Horsemanship Ride Whanganui

Harmony With Horses - Half Day Natural Horsemanship & Ride

This ride is for all abilities. A half day adventure, honing your natural horsemanship skills followed by a ride out into the picturesque NZ country side at River Valley.


  • Beautiful hill country scenery

  • Learn natural horsemanship skills

  • Ride freestyle with rope halters (no metal bits or shoes)

  • Ride through private farm land - not accessible to the public

  • Start or finish at River Valley Lodge, book in for accommodation or meals as well as your ride


Full Description

A Natural Horsemanship Experience Like No Other

Harmony With Horses is a half day horse riding adventure; combining a challenge packed natural horsemanship session, followed by a freestyle ride over the spectacular Rangitikei hill country.  You will start with building a trusting relationship between you and your horse.  Even if horses have been a part of your life forever, you will be introduced to a horse you will have just met, and they will have just met you, so this process is valuable.  It is an excellent way to get some feedback from your horse and you get to know their personality before jumping on.  This part of the trip really starts to get you thinking!

When you and your horse are communicating what you ask, it’s time for a trek through the beautiful countryside around River Valley. Here you will have the opportunity to build on your relationship while riding over the hills, taking in the spectacular scenery, and if you are hot to trot then you could be cantering through the fields.


All riding gear - helmet, chaps, boots, oilskin jacket

Half day guided horse ride & natural horsemanship adventure

Meeting Point

Please meet at River Valley Lodge to check in and fill out the waiver form.  The stables is then about a 5 minute drive from the lodge so please arrive at the lodge before the scheduled start time of your trip.

River Valley Lodge
266 Mangahoata Road
Taihape, 4792

We are 32kms from Taihape/SH1.  From Taihape turn down the road by the Gretna Hotel/Liquorland and follow the road until you see a turning on the right signposted to River Valley.  From there follow the road and signs until you reach River Valley.

Additional Information

At River Valley Stables we specialise in rides for riders. This ride is only suitable for people with some previous riding experience, not first timer riders. As a minimum you must be confident riding at a trot, and learning to canter.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 7 days before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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NZ$ 215

per person

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All bookings require a current COVID-19 Vaccine Pass to be shown on the day (for ages 12yrs 3mths and above)

Harmony With Horses - Half Day Horsemanship Adventure & Ride

This ride is for all abilities. A half day adventure, honing your horsemanship skills followed by a horse ride out into ...Show More
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Not suitable for Infants.
Duration: 3 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 8

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